* Posts by Grommet

20 publicly visible posts • joined 19 Mar 2010

Bonkers call to boycott Raspberry Pi Foundation over 'gay agenda'


I remember an interview once with some anti gay person who said it was a lifestyle 'choice'. The response was... So, When did you decide to be heterosexual? I nearly snorted my coffee at the look on the guys face as he spluttered and stuttered.

If a kid is going to be gay or any of the other terms used, the presence or lack of a rainbow isn't going to make the slightest bit of difference.

Oh and I hate the word tolerate. It indicates to me that something irritates you but you tolerate it. I don't tolerate LGBTXYZA.. whatever. I don't even think about it. Be yourself, have fun and be nice to others. Can't ask more than that.

I am just gobsmacked that this even made it onto The Reg...

systemd-free Devuan Linux hits version 1.0.0


Re: Cat among the pigions but...

I would have been quite happy with systemd on my desktop if it didn't break stuff. Servers are a different matter. For instance on my Desktop I use Mint, on servers it is mostly Debian or Centos.

So I am not tied to any particular distro. I have no principled view on what should be used or how it should work. I am not adverse to change.

My problems with systemd started when my desktop stopped booting into a consistent state. Tracking down the problem was hard because of binary logging, having to futz about to get normal logging working was just an inconvenience. However the fact that I was having to problem solve a boot process for the first time ever was shocking for me. I have never in the last 20 years had to problem solve the boot process in linux. That is my problem with systemd. It is not just an init system, it has it's hooks into other stuff and creates dependencies that weren't there before.

If systemd had simply worked like the old init system did and hadn't created any problems for me I wouldn't be posting here.


I was neutral about SystemD to start with. But then I started hitting issues with it that I never had with previous init systems. Logging is one issue, and the fact it has it's fingers in way too many other areas bothers me. But stability has taken a nose dive as well now. I never had this many inconsistent boots under the old system. I am so fed up with it now I am considering moving across to a non systemd OS.

I am fortunate that in my work I deal with pretty much all the major distributions so moving from a deb to an rpm or even a pacman based distro is no hardship at all. The one that is probably going to get my attention though is arch linux with openRC. To avoid issues in future on my desktop I will also probably move to one of the lightweight Desktops such as Xfce... It does feel like a step back a little but I would rather have stable than pretty...

For me an OS is a tool that lets me get my work done nothing more. I am not religious about it at..

I had even considered moving across to one of the BSDs. Under systemd it is not quite as bad as under Windows but boy is it heading in that direction.

Linus Torvalds decides world doesn't need a new Linux today


Re: Thanks, so-called Linus

He's not Swedish, he's Finnish.

Kid hackers break XSS defences, find hack hole in 2 million websites


Your article didn't seem to make it that clear what software was affected by this. Did some further looking and it a bit of software actually called "Html Comment Box" which is found at https://www.htmlcommentbox.com/

Fortunately never used it so not affected.

Google rushes in where Akamai fears to tread, shields Krebs after world's-worst DDoS


BCP 38

I just wish more network operators including ISP's would implement BCP 38 to stop these kind of attacks.

I am not one to jump to legislative answers quickly, But if they won't implement this protection out of self interest maybe it is time to do so. A bit like forcing businesses to install basic safety equipment in buildings like fire extinguishers.

El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.


My list of news sites I visit on a daily basis is shrinking. I have lost 4 sites from my bookmarks in the last 6 months because they redesigned....

Stop it with the tiled blocks.

A straight forward list of articles top to bottom of page is what I want in date order. Check out what ArsTechnica did. They give the option to have this type of crappy layout or a more conventional top to bottom list by published time. Give us a choice on this please.

New look ?



Go back to the old layout. tart it up by all means but this block layout drives me nuts.

Who should play the next Doctor? Nominations needed!


Simon Pegg

Wasn't a fan but he did a good job as Scotty. I think with his comedic timing he would be perfect.

Multi-billion Euro broadband fund obliterated by EU budget cut


Surely national broadband deployment is an issue for national governments not the EU?

Dell PowerEdge boots up after Hurricane Sandy acid bath

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Re: "If it was my server, I'd continue to use it as rename it to "Lazarus""

Nice. A Geek joke I actually got...

Even £9.8m on consultants can't get UK.gov network push underway


Didn't the editor proof read this?

Boraband and swarded

Study: The more science you know, the less worried you are about climate


So the more scientific knowledge you have the more likely you are to want proof of any statement of fact?

Well Duh!!! State the bleeding obvious...

That's why these so called soft scientists shouldn't really be called scientists at all.

London Mayor Boris grilled on Virgin's Underground penetration



Well if the train drivers go on strike as threatened you may spend more time on the platform than on the trains...

Dubstep ringtone wins Nokia compo



That is the worst pile of crap I have ever heard. Jeez, it almost makes the crazy frog seem acceptable.......

BlackBerry BBM, email offline AGAIN


Not the end of the wordl...

I rely on my blackberry for its true push email. It's not the end of the world though I just have to fire up the laptop once an hour and check it manually. My customers aren't getting as fast a response as usual and it is a bbit of a bballache but not the end of the world.

Mines the one without a phone in the pocket, no point carrying it about.....

Earth may be headed into a mini Ice Age within a decade


Balanced Views?

I know this is a red top and usually amusing but really?

For a slightly more balanced view... http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/06/14/6857473-solar-forecast-hints-at-a-big-chill

Personally I can accept that the climate is changing (it always has). I "guess" mankind must be having some effect on that.

But I basically think it is a bad idea to piss in the stream you are drinking from. so all reasonable efforts to stop any kind of pollution are welcome if only we could leave out the political nonsense.

Are we going to get warmer? Are we going to get colder? I don't really care to be honest. What does bug me is articles such as this jumping on bandwagons and taking a single fact and running with it to come to an overall conclusion.

Dropbox 'insecure and misleading' – crypto researcher



I don't use dropbox for anything important or confidential on the basis that nothing connected to the internet is secure.

However I hadn't thought about the possibility of someone deleting files from my dropbox account and it suddenly being lost on all computers. It wouldn't be serious but it would be a pain. Setting up alternate backup system now. Thanks AC.

Fail: because I should know better.

How a Tory gov will be the most tech-savvy in history



Apple and OpenSource in the same sentence?

Use Twitter to get intelligent responses?

Putting government data in the cloud? Do you even know what the cloud is?

Crikey, with that level of understanding we definitely should vote for you..... NOT!

Mountain View promises Google Analytics opt-out


much easier in hosts file surely

/etc/hosts or C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts google-analytics.com

Or NoScript as the first poster said much easier.